Wings of Desire

Wings of Desire

Harry Burke around Berlin Art Week 2019

PRINT February 2018

HOW WOULD A COMB THAT CANNOT UNTANGLE HAIR LOOK?: THE ART OF CHRISTINA RAMBERG

Dan Nadel

HAIR, URNS, AND THE BODY as sexualized object were where Christina Ramberg (1946–1995) began, and they are still what she is best known for. After nearly two decades of making paintings and drawings depicting heads, hands, and torsos, she rigorously pursued quiltmaking, and then created a final group of architectonic abstract paintings a decade before her life was cut short by a debilitating neurodegenerative disease. Throughout, her work is characterized by a fierce attention to structural integrity and an unflinching exploration of the female body, first as a subject of fetishistic fascination